Smart has always resorted to ideas that are innovative and aid urban commuting. The company has earlier, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, displayed their green commitment apart from compact city cars with their ebike concept.
The production model of this two-wheeler is now exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Electric Smart bike hopes to play an important role in urban traveling and is likely to hit the market by 2012 for a price tag of $4,000. We hear Smart plans to release the lightweight two-wheeler in Europe and North America.
Smart has manufactured the ebike in collaboration with builder GRACE, based near Berlin. The bike system is called a pedelec, or Pedal Electric Cycle, which is a hybrid between a man-powered and an electric powered system.
The company claims the ebike comes with a brushless rear-wheel hub motor regenerative energy unit capable of 250 watts and its chain is essentially a multiple material belt drive. The rider can switch to the power from rear hub unit to aid his muscle power.
The new ebike will be able to give a range around 100 kilometers and has four selectable levels. It also boasts to feature 400 Wh lithium-ion battery, a USB interface for connectivity and charging of various smartphones, and Magura MT4 disc brakes.
The torso of the bike is made of aluminium while the headlight and tail-lights are LED, powered by regenerative braking and pedaling. Meanwhile, a German study has opined that by 2020, over 15 percent of all bikes will be of the ebike kind. It can turn to be true, but only if they consider to slash the prices to make them popular.